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10.10.2013

Vibrance to withdraw from Ray Park Cafe

 

Vibrance has announced with regret that it will be withdrawing from the running of Ray Park Café from 1st January 2014.

The café, in the James Leal Centre, Ray Park, Woodford, has been managed and run as a not-for-profit Social Enterprise by Vibrance Pathways to Employment since it opened in 2009.

The decision to withdraw from the café will allow the charity to redesign the way in which it delivers supported employment opportunities.

Vibrance Chief Executive Paul Allen said: "For the past four years the café has provided supported employment, work experience and volunteering opportunities for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health disabilities, as well as providing great food and drinks.

"We have invested a huge amount of resources since it opened and it has given many people great employment opportunities but its future is unfortunately no longer financially viable.

"We will be very sad to see it go, but withdrawing from the café and redirecting our financial resources gives us a good opportunity to redesign and expand the way we provide supported employment opportunities.

"In the future, our work will focus on supporting people with a disability to gain work experience with local employers within their communities and gain qualifications that will support them into work.

"We would like to thank everyone who has used and supported Vibrance through Ray Park Café in the past."

For information about the future management of the cafe please contact Kevin Wackett, Head of Parks & Open Spaces at Vision Trust on 020 8708 3223.

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